Most of us love travelling. It’s always a great feeling to be out of the country for a few days or weeks and just take a break from the rush of everyday life.
However for some, travelling also means a halt, or disruption, in their workout routine. We are all creatures of habit so when we are in a different country where there’s nothing familiar around us aka familiar running path, gym, we may not always be able to find a close enough alternative. So what can we do to keep ourselves in tip top shape, and health, while we take in the sights and sounds of a new country? Here are some ways you can do so.
#1 Take care of your diet
The reason I put this point out first is because what you have heard about your diet making up 80 percent of your fitness regime is actually true.
While many of us will like to taste as much of the local delicacies as possible while we are in the country, we need to also be mindful of what we are consuming. Try to consume more vegetables, fruits and lean meat, less alcohol, deep-fried and overly fatty items if you can help it. Of course you don’t have to swear off anything that seems even moderately unhealthy but just remember it’s all about portions. As long as you don’t end your days consistently feeling bloated and guilty, you are doing fine.
#2 Do simple exercises that can be done anywhere
I cannot expect you to do a full-blown workout when you are stuck in a hotel room or in a country where you aren’t even sure if it’s safe to run alone outside. However, there is always the alternative of doing some simple stretching and core strengthening exercises that can help you to burn some of those pesky calories off.
Planking is one of those great and simple workouts that don’t require a lot of space to do. You can also do chair exercises with your bed (or chair if your room is big enough).
#3 Go for a hike, or walk as much as you can
There are some countries where you may be able to do some trekking or hiking up a mountain or two. Besides being great exercise, it also allows you to check out the awesome views from way above the ground.
If that is not possible, you can also try to walk as much as you can. Choose to walk instead of taking the train or taxi if you can. You may even discover little nooks and crannies that are hidden gems, not yet discovered by many! It is a well-known fact that when you are walking with distractions (shopping, sightseeing), it makes it so much less tiring.
#4 Engage in some fun activities
This may be subjective as not every country can give you this option. But if you happen to be somewhere that offers a host of really exciting sports, and if you feel up for it, go for it!
Countries like New Zealand or Australia have activities like white water rafting that is a form of a sport in itself. Not only is it a good way to keep yourself active, it will also serve as a fantastic travel memory to remember forever.